Shelve Them and Move On

The ear that heareth the reproof of life abideth among the wise. (Proverbs 15:31) 
I’m reminded of some wise advice a radio broadcaster friend once gave me. Early on in his career, as my friend struggled to know how to deal with both criticism and praise, he felt that God was encouraging him to shelve both. What’s the essence of what he took to heart? Learn what you can from criticism and accept praise. Then shelve both and humbly move on in God’s grace and power. 
Criticism and praise stir in us powerful emotions that, if left unchecked, can lead to either self-loathing or an overinflated ego. In Proverbs we read of the benefits of encouragement and wise counsel: “Good news gives health to the bones. . . .Those who disregard discipline despise themselves, but the one who heeds correction gains understanding” (15:30, 32). 
If we’re on the receiving end of a rebuke, may we choose to be sharpened by it. Proverbs states, “Whoever heeds life-giving correction will be at home among the wise” (v. 31). And if we’re blessed with words of praise, may we be refreshed and filled with gratitude. As we walk humbly with God, He can help us learn from both criticism and praise, shelve them, and then move on in Him (v. 33). 
Father God, thank You for the gift of praise and criticism. As I humbly surrender to You, may I grow and be sharpened by both. Amen. 
This devotion blessed me, so often we are easily offended and easily angered by criticism but if we would change our perspective as today’s devotion mentions and grow and be sharpened by both praise and criticism, we would see things much differently and make a change for the better, not only in our lives but in those around us. Learn from praise and criticism, then shelve them and move on. I want to be sharpened today. 
Have a beautiful and uplifting day in The Lord! 
Today’s Reading is Psalm 143:10